HOLY ROLLERS

4 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 89 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Holy Rollers” suggests that beneath our diverse beliefs, clothes, and customs, an internal, eternal war rages between sin and salvation. It’s one helluva ride…


Posted on May 31, 2010 by

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

0.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

“A man dies, he gets stupid,” someone observes in the film. Maybe if a man makes too many films about the dead, the same fate awaits him. Mr. Romero, you are on notice…


Posted on May 31, 2010 by

DECADES 8: IMPRESSIONS OF CLINT EASTWOOD

HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, CLINT EASTWOOD! The adage about being a man of few words fits Clint Eastwood’s onscreen mise-en-scène. He doesn’t say much, but when he does, he is profound. Actor, director, cultural icon, and fixture of post-war masculinity, the 20th and 21st centuries would be a very different place without Clint Eastwood’s voice, likeness, and corporeality…



Posted on May 31, 2010 by

YOU REALLY GOT ME: THE STORY OF THE KINKS (DVD)

1 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes

The Kinks are a band ripe for an in-depth, exhaustive documentary, but “You Really Got Me” doesn’t do them justice, between its largely-plagiarized narration, choppy flow, and lack of interview clips from anyone but the group’s main members…


Posted on May 31, 2010 by

SPLICE

3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 104 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! Being a new parent is hard… of course, since the child in question is a freakish, fowl-legged, amphibious mutant, the youthful rebellion gets bloody…


Posted on May 30, 2010 by

GEORGE A. ROMERO’S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes

The man who invented the modern zombie is officially senile. Someone really needs to take away Grandpa’s typewriter…


Posted on May 29, 2010 by

FILM THREAT PODCAST – EPISODE 09 – CRABS IN A BASKET

Don and Mark unveil the new (though hopefully short-lived) podcast theme song, wander into the pro-piracy debate without any understanding about what is being discussed beyond the basic belief that “piracy is stealing, and stealing is bad,” Don admits that his Mother not only listens to the podcast, but that she may also vajazzle and, somehow, Don and Mark both enjoyed the “Lost” finale, but neither one of them can agree on how it ends…
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Posted on May 28, 2010 by

THE BOOTLEG FILES: SERENE VELOCITY

Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of classic and kooky flicks that can be found only on bootlegged videos and DVD. This week, Phil tries to make sense of an experimental film classic…



Posted on May 28, 2010 by

SKELETONS

3 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 95 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! The cinematography, with lengthy wide shots of fields and forests, is beautiful and the jaunty music keeps the beat. Maybe it’s all the mustaches, but the whole thing feels very French…


Posted on May 27, 2010 by

SICK HICK FLICK: DIRECTOR ELI CRAIG AND ACTOR TYLER LABINE ON “TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL”

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” takes the ill-fated canoe of “Deliverance” and dunks it refreshingly upside-down. Filmmaker Eli Craig and actor Tyler Labine discuss humor, horror, and the creative use of blood super-soakers…



Posted on May 26, 2010 by

GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – GENRES THAT SELL!

The reason that most genres don’t work overseas is because their content is specifically designed to work within the country they were made. For example, in comedies, what’s funny in Los Angeles may not be funny in Zimbabwe and in romantic comedies, what’s romantic in Nashville may be offensive in China. (Filmmaker beware! Romantic comedies are the kiss of death for international sales, as no other genre is harder to sell)…



Posted on May 25, 2010 by

CYRUS

5 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 92 minutes

2010 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! So, with a mainstream premise, mainstream actors, and a mainstream budget (as least compared to their previous work), have the Duplass brothers created a “mainstream movie?” Are there any signs of the style, humor, and charm that made “The Puffy Chair” and “Baghead” must-see films for Indy Cine lovers?


Posted on May 23, 2010 by

REEL INJUN

2 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 85 minutes

“Reel Injun” is a well-intended but uneven effort. Anyone with a genuine interest in this area might want to use this as a stepping stone for further research into this complex and difficult subject matter…


Posted on May 23, 2010 by

PRINCESS KAIULANI

1 Stars
Year Released: 2010
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 97 minutes

Oh, yes, “Princess Kaiulani” is every bit a young-love, Hallmark/Reader’s Digest-type movie (i.e., the teary school of acting and overbearing, heavy-handed score which telegraphs many a scene), and it moves slowly through the turn of events and inevitability of certain subplots….


Posted on May 22, 2010 by

VINCENT & LUCIAN

2.5 Stars
Year Released: 2008
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 15 minutes

The film’s very apparent conclusion does little to alter how well-acted it is and doesn’t detract from the highly competent use of sound, music and cinematography…


Posted on May 22, 2010 by

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